Now available via Concur Connect, RideCharge enables companies to take even greater control of ground travel expenses
REDMOND, Wash., May 7, 2008 – Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR - News), the world’s leading provider of on-demand business services that automate Employee Spend Management, today announced the availability of seamless connectivity with RideCharge – a ground breaking service that lets business travelers electronically book, pay and get reimbursed for metropolitan taxi, sedan and shuttle transportation automatically through Concur® Travel & Expense. Also available to Concur® Cliqbook Travel clients, RideCharge assists corporate travel managers and Travel Management Companies in reducing ground travel expenses by up to 25% by comparing prices, eliminating fraud and identity theft, documenting expenses electronically, and automatically paying ground travel expenses.
Through RideCharge, Concur offers the first-ever direct electronic connection to the dispatch and cashiering systems of metropolitan taxi fleets to enable cost-effective transportation at local metered rates, replacing higher cost alternatives, and eliminating often accidental and sometimes fraudulent over reporting of taxi expenses by travelers. RideCharge also provides access to sedans, chauffeured limousines, and SuperShuttle® shared rides for the broadest available range of travel options, while protecting both the traveler and the company from the insecure methods of credit card processing often used by drivers.
“Taxis are the most common means of ground transportation, but for travel managers, they are also literally the last mile for businesses trying to control travel costs,” said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. “RideCharge enables Concur to provide our clients with direct access to an even broader selection of ground travel content and greater control over this significant area of employee spend that has – until now – been very difficult to manage. Through the power of Concur® Connect – the global program that connects suppliers from around the world to over $35 billion of spend driven by Concur's over 7,000 clients – Concur is helping our clients enjoy One Touch Business Travel™ and leverage exclusive Smart Expenses™ to drive even more costs out of their businesses.”
RideCharge extends the power of Concur Travel & Expense by automating the entire ground travel process - from the booking of the taxi through the completion of the expense report. All of this is delivered in one seamless on-demand service, saving time and eliminating the paper traditionally involved with taxis, and other forms of ground travel. With its easy-to-navigate interface and simplified end-to-end process, employees enjoy a new level of travel convenience, while corporations achieve best-in-class expense documentation, and cost reduction.
According to BCD Travel Senior Vice President of Online Technology Solutions Ellen Trotochaud, “Concur's integration with RideCharge is an important innovation. Our clients increasingly demand seamless business travel transactions, and RideCharge extends that experience to a key part of the traveler’s itinerary — getting to and from the airport. It eliminates the unknown and puts the power back into the traveler’s hands, making it easy to find reliable and predictable services. RideCharge is an innovation that enables our Concur Cliqbook Travel clients to book, purchase and manage ground transportation as easily as they can air or hotel. It helps us deliver a richer experience to our corporate clients and business traveler guests, providing them previously unattainable traveler tracking and cost containment.”
RideCharge is now available to Concur customers. For more information about RideCharge, please visit http://www.ridecharge.com.